OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

Common symptoms reported by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

Common symptoms
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Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
35
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Depressed mood (12) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Anxious mood (11) Depressed mood (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (17) Anxious mood (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Pain (9)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased appetite Dizziness 12 more
How many evaluations
29
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Addiction 13 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dissociation Emotional distress 2 more
How many evaluations
17
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Agitation Apathy 8 more
How many evaluations
21
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Cramps in legs 5 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Depressed mood (12) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Sex drive (libido) decreased 17 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Anxious mood (11) Depressed mood (10)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning sensation in mouth Excessive appetite 3 more
How many evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (17) Anxious mood (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Tiredness
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Anxious mood (17) Insomnia (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 5 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Anxious mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Rapid weight gain 10 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Insomnia (13) Pain (9)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 52
20s 724
30s 1,098
40s 1,049
50s 688
60s 271
70+ 66

Sex

Distribution of sex

77% Female
23% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,109
20-29 years 281
30-39 years 148
40-49 years 68
50-59 years 13
60-69 years 3
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,073
Not Diagnosed 1,789

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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